OB Hardware Has New Owners

by on September 3, 2021 · 10 comments

in Ocean Beach

The new owners to OB Hardware have just introduced themselves to the community.

Joe and Jenae Kuchman announced that the storefront is open and invited villagers to come by during September as they celebrate with “a little throwback disco theme – this OB original is stayin’ alive!”

Here is their announcement, posted on Nextdoor:

We’re thrilled to introduce ourselves as the new, local owners of OB Hardware!

What would our quirky little beach town be without an independent hardware store? That was the question we asked ourselves when we found out that the store was at risk of closing. We couldn’t see such a significant pillar of our community end its story… and we’re here to make sure that it continues to serve the community for many years to come.

A little about us: We’re Joe and Jenae Kuchman, we’re raising our little family here in OB just steps away from OB Hardware. Joe comes from a long line of carpenters, wood workers and his father was an independent architect until he retired in 2020.

Jenae is a San Diego native and has a background in business, marketing and events (spoiler alert: get ready for some great community workshops, Lunch & Learns and children’s craft events).

OB Hardware wouldn’t be what it is today without the hard work of Mike, the outgoing owner. A BIG shoutout to Mike for choosing us to carry on his work and for being a great partner during the transfer of the store. He’s done everything remotely possible to welcome us and ensure a smooth, seamless transition for our customers and staff.

OB Hardware has such amazing support from this community and we’re so grateful to everyone who has been cheering us on – we’ve seen your posts and messages and we’re so happy to finally share the news! It’s our mission to continue to be a great place for your local Hardware needs, and we’ll need your continued support to help keep us going. Visit us during the month of September as we celebrate with a little throwback disco theme -this OB original is stayin’ alive!

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Greg September 3, 2021 at 10:13 am

Everyone is so excited to have OB Hardware stay. Thank you to everyone involved in keeping this open. Always go to OB Hardware first!!!


Katie Rogers September 3, 2021 at 11:08 am

Nice to see my parent’s old store front still going strong!

Congrats to the new owners. Much success to you!


OB man September 3, 2021 at 1:57 pm

Good news, some events/workshops is a great idea.


Anne Hayes September 3, 2021 at 2:41 pm

Couldn’t ask for better people to run the hardware store and help build OB community!


Kathleen Blavatt September 3, 2021 at 3:23 pm

Thank you, thank you, thank you… not only are you saving a wonderful Mom & Pop store, but you are saving, and becoming an important part of OB’s history. We can’t wait to see what you do the this wonderful store!


Kate Bell September 3, 2021 at 3:41 pm

Thank you! It is so heart warming to see the hardware store continue. I much prefer to go there than the big box stores if I can. It still brings the small town vibe into the community.


Judy Collier September 4, 2021 at 8:34 am

Such Good News! Thanks so much, new owners and previous owners. OB Hardware is like Hermione’s handbag—They always have what I need, at a good price and with a smile.


Debbie September 5, 2021 at 4:26 pm

Yes, thank you for continuing OB history. Best wishes for success in the Hardware Store business.

I like this kind of news that is positive, and makes you feel good :-)


Louis Esquibel September 18, 2021 at 2:14 pm

I echo all the comments given. Being a resident here in OB is a privilege, and going to the Big Box stores isn’t always needed when you have the “Mom and Pop” store. Every time I walk in in feel like the Andy Griffith show in MAYBERRY. CONGRATULATIONS SEE YOU SOON.


Maraym Adler September 18, 2021 at 5:04 pm

Speaking from personal experience ( i owned a stall in the antique mall), put in camera’s that cover every inch of your store. Please! There is a lot of retail theft in ocean beach, I had a lady steal a $200 earring set and the next weekend try to sell it back to me.
Smile and great each customer that comes in your store.
Ask them what they are looking for:
watch them


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